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Interrupted graduation at Pacoima
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Valley Times Photo Collection;
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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On January 31, 1957, a Douglas DC-7B transport plane crashed into the school yard of Pacoima Junior High School, 9919 Laurel Canyon Boulevard, after colliding with a Northrop F-89J Scorpion jet trainer plane. Debris was also strewn across the grounds of Terra Bella Elementary School, adjacent to the junior high, and Pacoima Congregational Church, next door to the school. Three students and five airmen died and many more students were injured. The radarman aboard the jet was the only airman who survived. See images 00147086 through 00147092 for all photos in this series.
Photograph caption dated February 2, 1957 reads "Ninth graders at Pacoima Junior High School march today into auditorium toward graduation exercises which were interrupted by tragic plane crash on playing field (circled) yesterday. Some of the youngsters glanced toward field as they entered building. Two students were killed, 74 injured in holocaust which also took lives of five airmen."
1 photographic print : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm.
Valley Times Collection;
Pacoima Middle School (Los Angeles, Calif.)--Students
Middle school students--California--Los Angeles
Aircraft accidents--California--Los Angeles
Middle schools--California--Los Angeles
Schools--California--Pacoima (Los Angeles)
School Buildings--California--Pacoima (Los Angeles)
Playgrounds--California--Pacoima (Los Angeles)
Pacoima (Los Angeles, Calif.)
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